Rice and Beans for Two

Saturday, August 26, 2006

This was our trip to Sturgis, South Dakota, a meeting of families, Carmen, Jason, Jason's parents, Don and Cheryl, and neighbor, Peter, from Virginia, his aunt Judy from Ohio, Maria and her boyfriend, Jamie, from South Boston. We traveled over 1500 miles on motorcycle and 4500 miles by truck. Here are a few of the over 1000 photos we took.

We camped for three days and saw Ted Nugent, Alice and Chains and David Lee Roth concerts in Sturgis. Not bad for an old lady; I tried not to do anything illegal. We ate in Buffalo Bill's Saloon and slept in his hotel, the Irma in Cody, Wyoming. The sites to see were many: Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Old Faithful, Needles Highway in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Beartooth Pass, the Grand Teton and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Some of us (5) were riding motorcycles and some of us (5) rode in trucks. We had happy hour every night and one night we were even able to join in on some Karaoke in Dubois, a small town in Wyoming at Outlaw Saloon. This was especially enjoyed by my daughter Maria and her boyfriend, Jamie, an avid karaoke enthusiast.

It was Carmen's and Jason's first year wedding anniversary as you can see by this sidewalk brick I had layed in Sturgis, home to the yearly motorcycle rally.
This is slightly over 10.000 feet above sea level, a breathtaking view of the mountains and sheer cliffs, not visible here, in Montana.

Below is Old Faithful, in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, it shoots steam 150 feet into the air every 90 minutes or less.

Here is some Karaoke fun, Yvonne, Cheryl and Judy warning Jason not to name his son 'Sue'!

Mario and Maria having fun on his Harley Street Glide, maybe his beard is too long???

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

First leg of our trip

Here we are on the first leg of our trip our West. We have three bikes to haul 1400 miles to Denver, Colorado. Rob, Mario's first born son, along with his new bride, Juana, have put us up for three days.

Resecuring the cargo (bikes).

Here is Mario as happy as a lark because he found some extra straps to better strap Jason's bike, 'you can never have too many tie-down straps or bungee cords' is his motto.

Here is the lovely couple on their first year anniversary.

We are meeting up with Carmen & Jason along with Jason's Mom, Dad, Aunt and neighbor plus Maria and Jamie. In total there will be 6 motorcycles and 10 people. I hope we prove to be good guides along the 2000 mile trip we planned (ok, Mario planned).